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Old 04-24-2006, 02:44 PM
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Wink 6 Stupid Health Mistakes - Sleep; are you a Victim?

6. You Don't Get 8 Hours of Sleep
Scrimping on sleep may seem like a smart way to squeeze a few more productive hours into the day, but busy women who do it can pay a heavy price with their health, says Suzanne Griffin, MD, a sleep specialist and psychiatrist at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. "This is a public health epidemic that is going unnoticed," she says. "Often what I hear, especially from mothers, is that they are intentionally staying up late at night because it is the only time they have to themselves" to do laundry, pay bills, and catch up on work.

Though there's no set amount of sleep people need, 8 hours is usually a minimum, says Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, director of the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research. Most women are getting only about 7 hours on weeknights, says a 2002 National Sleep Foundation survey of about 1,000 men and women. Twenty percent of those women reported daytime sleepiness, a sign that they weren't getting enough shut-eye.

The risks of sleep deprivation go way beyond waking up with that groggy feeling even coffee won't cure. Women who sleep less than 8 hours a night over a 10-year period are at slightly higher risk of heart disease, reported a study published in the past year in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Those 8 hours are also crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. Another study found that sleep deprivation can lead to an imbalance of various weight-related hormones that can encourage your cells to store excess fat and lower your body's fat-burning ability.

Still other research has linked sleep deprivation to depression and anxiety, as well as insulin resistance--a trigger for high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. And accidents caused by sleepy drivers injure more than 40,000 people a year and kill at least 1,500, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Fix
Acknowledge the futility of trying to fit 26 hours' worth of activities into 24 hours. Cut back on your commitments, says Griffin. Divvy up family responsibilities with your partner and children. Establish a bedtime for yourself, and stick to it every night. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening. And don't use alcohol as a sleep inducer; it can actually interfere with a full night's rest. Your sleep may improve if you adhere to the same relaxing bedtime rituals you've started for your kids, such as reading, listening to music, or taking a warm bath.


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Old 04-24-2006, 02:48 PM
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I'm a victim.. i know i need more sleep but it really is hard to get 8 hrs unless i want to go to bed at 9 pm..
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"Often what I hear, especially from mothers, is that they are intentionally staying up late at night because it is the only time they have to themselves" to do laundry, pay bills, and catch up on work.
If I didn't stay up later than my son I'd go insane. Most things can get done in the day time, but I just need some silent me time... alot of silent me time. I get probably about 6-7 hours of broken sleep a night and that's definatly not enough considering I'm trying to grow a human (Due May 22nd). I'm not really sure how I'll manage when the new baby is here but hopefully I'll be able to fit in alot of naps or something.
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I definitely don't get enough sleep either. After everyone goes to bed, that is my "quiet" time, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I look forward to it. I never get to sleep late either. Boy, that would be nice sometimes.
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I feel like I never sleep. I usually go to bed around 2 am or 3 am and up at 6 or 6:30 am.
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How are we suppose to get 8 hours of sleep when we have all these threads to write, and who are you Lori Ann to be posting this one!!! I swear you are always the last one to post at night and the first one to post in the morning! The real question is do you get any sleep at all?
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How are we suppose to get 8 hours of sleep when we have all these threads to write, and who are you Lori Ann to be posting this one!!! I swear you are always the last one to post at night and the first one to post in the morning! The real question is do you get any sleep at all?
Hee, hee, hee...

I power nap a lot....

Seriously, I do not have a lot of the demands that you wonderful gals do...no kids and I have a seasonal business. If I tried to do 1/10 of what you girls do with your kids and families I would be totally cross-eyed ..speechless

Sleep is good ..


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I've had insomnia since I was a baby. My mom said I would only sleep about 6 - 7 hours a day from the time I was about 3 months old (not a lot for an infant!) I seem to do well on 6 -7 hours, but I know that's not enough. I've tried exercise, meditation, sleep-inducing music, white noise, medication, herbs, no caffine, new matress, you name it! Any suggestions?
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I've had insomnia since I was a baby. My mom said I would only sleep about 6 - 7 hours a day from the time I was about 3 months old (not a lot for an infant!) I seem to do well on 6 -7 hours, but I know that's not enough. I've tried exercise, meditation, sleep-inducing music, white noise, medication, herbs, no caffine, new matress, you name it! Any suggestions?
If I only knew! That medication I was on was Klonopin...took it to go to sleep. Works well, but you become dependent and gain a ton and a half and it knocks you out dead to the world.

Oh and you eventually become immune to the effects...and you're dependent so it just really sucks.
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I understand that! I tried Klonopin. I made me completely stupid the next day! I couldn't even drive! Have you found anything that works?
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